Saginaw Old Golds Continue Roller Coaster Season

IMG_4038 IMG_4058The Saginaw Old Golds travelled to Coldwater, Michigan to take on four of the state’s finest Vintage ball clubs. The first game was a pleasant surprise as the Golds defeated a very tough Rochester Granger team 7-4. Hitting stars for the game included John Piersall (four for four), Toby Larkin (four for four with a double) and Chuck Mahan (three for three). As they have all season Jerry Endert and Chuck Mahan pitched the victory. Fielding star for the game was Nate Hall making four putouts.
Game two featured Walker Tavern and the Golds in the championship game. As in life, some days you’re the stick and other days you’re the piñata. This day the Golds were the piñata. Walker Tavern was circling bases like the Indians in a Tim McCoy movie as they ran over and threw the Golds their first ever shutout 24-0. John Piersall went four for five and drew the season’s only walk. Saginaw only put up 18 hits in nine innings. Walker Tavern hit at will the entire game. In eight years we have never been defeated this badly. The fact that we were minus five regulars had nothing to do with it because they would have beaten the hell out of us anyways. When we go back to Detroit to defend our 4th straight and 5th World title, we’ll be looking over our shoulders for Walker Tavern. This team is honed and ready to make a run at it. The Golds next game will be Saturday, June 7 taking on the prisoners in St. Louis. No fans will be allowed into the game. I feel it’s a great opportunity to give the men in prison a couple of hours of joy. I look forward to some serious competition as I have heard the games played there before have been very competitive.
Richard Curry

MICHIGAN TAKES HOME 1st VINTAGE BASEBALL BORDER BATTLE WITH OHIO

For the first time ever the four best teams in Vintage Baseball from the state of Michigan played their counterparts from Ohio.  The teams participating from Michigan were Bay City Independents, Walker Tavern Wheels, Saginaw Old Golds, and the La-De-Dahs IMG_4088 IMG_4126from Greenfield Village.  Participating for Ohio were the Columbus Capitals, Forest City, Cleveland Blues, and the Akron Blackstockings.  The totals for the two-day event concluded with Michigan winning 8 ½ matches to Ohio’s 3 ½.  The last round of games in the afternoon were cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Old Golds had a roller coaster weekend starting off with an impressive 10-6 win over the Cleveland Blues.  The Blues are 4-time Silver Ball Champions in the state of New York.  Pitching the Golds to victory were Mahan, Jerry Endert, and John Piersall.  The hitting stars for this game were Devon Funchion, John Smith, and Ryan Dost.  The highlight reel was John Smith in left field as he pulled down 11 straight fly balls.  There was only one person faster than “Boozehound” on Saturday.  It was my wife Paulette driving off to Nordstrom’s and coming back with 7 outfits in two hours.  An amazing feat, even for her.

Game 2 saw Saginaw get clobbered in the rain by the Columbus Capitals 25-13.  The always-efficient outfield of the Golds looked like the Keystone Cops in a Mack Sennett movie.  Picking up four hits apiece for the game were Bryce Funchion, Brandon Daig and Jerry Endert.

Game 3 for Saginaw started with an entire crew suffering from their night at the Cantina till 1am.  But they still managed to put up 16 runs and win going away by 12 over Akron Blackstockings.  Again the hitting stars were the same as previous with Devon Funchion, Brandon Daig and Jerry Endert all picking up 4 hits each.  The event was so successful that it will continue next year but in the state of Michigan and most likely in Bay City or Greenfield Village.

The Golds’ season now stands at 5 wins and 2 losses.  Hitting stars through the month of May have been Jerry Endert at .730 and Devon Funchion at .710.  The Golds’ next journey will be to Coldwater, Michigan for a two-game tournament.